The Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community
Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who, at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change for her. Virginia applied for, and after a rigorous nine-month course, fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines.
Two years later, Virginia was diagnosed with cancer. Before her death, she helped plan a fund that would assist other mature women through challenges such as those she faced.
Since its inception in 1995, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund has aided more than 50 women with scholarships ranging from $500 to $3000.
Many recipients are returning to school at mid-life to be able to support themselves and their children. Some are victims of domestic abuse. Some are single mothers. Some are struggling to complete G.E.D.s or college degrees. Some are on the verge of becoming homeless. All are facing a difficult life challenge.
Each year, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community. The members of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley are honored to be able to assist these women in the name of Virginia Wrage.
2020 Virginia Wrage Memorial Awardees
Four women are sharing the Virginia Wrage Memorial Scholarships given to mature women over 40 years of age who have faced a life-changing situation and need help to become self-sufficient again. This year was different because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the candidates were interviewed via Zoom and the Zonta Club was not to able to hold our annual Community Awards night. This year’s recipients are Jessenia Arroyo, Tamara, Ann, and Cynthia; they all want to improve their lives by continuing their education and work toward success in life.
These are the women on our future and we congratulate them.
What Recipients Have Said:
"My dream is to use my gifts and talents to encourage, stimulate and motivate a thinking society."
"Every woman needs support and you are a tremendous blessing to each of us."
"My dreams include philanthropy and to support those in need and to give back in appreciation for what I have been so fortunate to receive."
"Thank you for seeing in me an example of the woman that Ms. Wrage wished to support."
"It was a big inspiration that someone believed in me when I was having a hard time believing in myself."
"Definitely, receiving this money and reading your letter empower and motivate me to keep going. You let me know that it is worth the effort and that it is valued."